Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and Patong beach is amongst its most popular spots. Phuket vacations would be incomplete without a visit to the sandy shores of Patong beach and stay at Family Hotel Patong like Novotel Vintage Park. The crescent shaped beach stretches over three kilometers west of Phuket and is an ideal spot for adventure sports.

Phuket Vacations and Adventure Sports

There is more to Phuket vacations than the night life and all the partying it is famous for. There are a plethora of activities available for satisfying the lust of those who want the excitement and thrills of adventure sports. These include activities which you might not experience in other parts of the world. If you are one of those who enjoy big game fishing then the island is just the place for you. Specially chartered boats with crew and equipment go out into the open seas for big game fishing. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice at it the trained crew will give you friendly tips, ensuring you return to the shores a master in the art of big game fishing.

The waters here are safe and snorkeling, sea-kayaking, canoeing, deep sea diving and jet skiing are some of the other water sports that can be enjoyed. Tourists can avail of trained coaches to learn how to do any of the water sports.

Another novel experience that can be enjoyed during Phuket vacations is elephant rides. Tamed elephants along with mahouts are used for these special rides. Tourists sit on benches straddled on the elephants back, while the mahout sits on top of the elephant’s head. The elephant traverses along mountain tracks. Tourists are allowed to touch and feed these gentle giants and photograph them as well.

There is a lot more an adventure freak can do here, such as go trekking on jungle trails, do bungee jumping, rock climbing or horse riding. There are options galore to keep the adrenaline rush pumping during Phuket vacations.

Other Attractions

Keep an evening free for a visit to Bangla boxing stadium to witness Thai boxing. Fights are organized three times a week and most boxers are of foreign origin. If you are lucky you may get to watch women’s boxing matches which are organized on rare occasions.

Phuket vacations can be made memorable by learning how to cook Thai food. Visitors could enroll in cooking classes where they can pick up the basics of Thai cuisine. Advanced lessons are taught to those who are familiar with the Thai style of cooking.

Shopping During Phuket Vacations

There are a number of shopping malls, but souvenirs can be easily sourced in the stalls dotting the beach. Remember to bargain, or else you will be fleeced. You can pick up some fine jewelry and other items made from cultured pearls, pewter and nielloware. Delectable dried seafood can be bought for taking back home.

The beach is also a place where you could get a suit tailored. You can select your own fabric and design. Insist the suit is machine stitched, especially if you are in a rush. Tailors will generally try and palm off suits that are glued together, which are not good.